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Sunday, July 30, 2006 | Qana Redux: Barbarians Continue Their Slaughter Spree
NOTE: This is a continuation of the previous post, for the benefit of the commenters, as that page has become unwieldy.
Viewing the coverage of the re-massacre of Qana this morning, I am again struck by the differences between CNNs international and domestic.
A couple of the "international" reporters have come dangerously close to including in their coverage material that could be interpreted as criticism of Israel's decision to employ one of its US-supplied pinpoint accuracy weapons to murder the inhabitants of a Qana apartment building.
It will be interesting to see how CNN domestic covers this particular atrocity. Clearly, CNN is a business, and the typical domestic American style of "war" reportage, reminiscent of the old Soviet and modern day North Korean "news" broadcasts, would net low, if any ad sales outside of the US, so some reflection of "cultural differences" is to be expected, but US does not permit more than the gentlest implied criticism of Israeli atrocities in Europe or elsewhere either, so this morning's small screen events are quite remarkable.
My speculation is that an announcement that the situation on the ground in Lebanon has become so dangerous, due to Hezbollah rockets, that the Israeli gunmen cannot guarantee the safety of CNN reporters is in the offing, and media coverage of the situation will settle into the kind of hotel room in-bed model that has been pleasing American viewers and advertisers literally for years now. Tel Aviv has many very fine hotels that will be ideal for media personnel who wish to cover Israel's activities in Lebanon, and the gunmen themselves can help journalists be sure that nothing in their reports is inaccurate or not in the best interests of Israel or its American sponsors.
And it is fair to say that the American taxpayer can expect a significant rise in the cost of keeping the populations of the neighboring client states under crackdown.
The likelihood that events in Qana will incite a sudden boost in pro-western sentiment in the region is small, despite very credible reports that Condi has told Israel to "be more careful," or the statement on CNN of an Israeli spokesgunman who demanded that the US-approved Beirut politicians immediately put a stop to the admittedly rather pitiful efforts of the Resistance to defend Lebanon from the slaughter spree.
And there are also suggestions that US may have to do some cracking down of its own, in Europe and beyond, as it loses patience with what could be seen as whispers coming very close to criticism of its own and Israel's activities.
A number of people have now assembled at the UN building in Beirut, and there are indications that not all are there to express their admiration of Israel. Or the US. Even the CNN reporter was obliged to acknowledge that the rapidly growing crowd includes groups identified as Lebanese Christian youth chanting, roughly translated "Long Live Hezbollah!" posted at
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill